David Warner has joined the greats by reviving his ailing Test career with a century in his 100th Test match as Australia continue to dominate day two of the second Test in Melbourne.
Australia went to tea 2-231 in response to South Africa’s 189, a 42 lead, with Warner unbeaten on 135 and Steve Smith on 60. Your partnership is 156.
After achieving his century with a hook on the fine leg fence, Warner celebrated in his own unique style, leaping in the air and thrusting his helmet further into the sky before raising his racquet and helmet to greet the dressing room, and then turned to his wife Candice and daughters in the state of Shane Warne.
It was Warner’s first century in nearly three years and 28 Test innings, relieving pressure on whether he would be selected for February’s tour of India.
Warner joined Colin Cowdrey, Javed Miandad, Gordon Greenidge, Alec Stewart, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ricky Ponting (one in each inning), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Joe Root as batsmen to close Centuries in their 100th Tests make.
It was hot work as the temperature soared to 37 degrees and Warner was lying flat on the floor and being treated for cramps half an hour before tea.
He was far more circumspect running between wickets leading to the break.
A tough day for the South African bowlers turned tougher for Anrich Nortje, who was flattened by a low-flying spidercam on the low back square leg, briefly delaying play while teammates, umpires and the batsmen checked on his condition.
He was fine, but the spidercam operators were undoubtedly very embarrassed.
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